The beauty of yoga is that it can be practised anywhere. During the current climate, the fact we need nothing more than a mat space to maintain a practice is a wonderful thing. If you don’t yet have a regular practice, maybe now is the perfect time to create a home yoga space and to get started with nurturing your mind, body and soul.

Although we love to visit the yoga studio, there is something wonderful about having your own mat rolled out at home and recreating that studio post yoga glow in the comfort of your own home. It’s challenging times, right now; we’re all experiencing anxieties and it’s easy to get lost in the overwhelm of everything that’s happening. Yoga can be practiced in your living room, in your spare room, in your garden…wherever works for you.

Once you have a grasp of the basic postures, a home yoga practice can be easily maintained, and your body and mind will love you for it. By the way (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), my new online yoga classes will help you with grasping those basic postures and with establishing a home practice!

This week has seen me clearing a bedroom of everything to make into a home yoga space. It’s only a small bedroom, and is now filled with tripods and some tech equipment so that I can bring online group and one to one classes to you, but for your home yoga space, you really don’t need much at all. A corner in a room is enough to create that little zen zone.

How to create a home yoga space

The following are just recommendations based on what I like in my space. Feel free to adapt and include whatever makes your home yoga space feel heavenly.

Location:

  1. Choose a safe space that’s quiet and free from distractions – a space where you can truly focus on you. I appreciate that’s not altogether easy when everyone is at home, but there will be a space and a time where you can find some ‘time for you’.
  2. If the sun is shining and the weather is good, take your mat outside. Vitamin D, yoga and the sounds, colours and smells of nature is a magical combination.
  3. Lots of lovely natural light in your space will really help to lift your mood.

What to have in your home yoga space:

  1. Incense
    It’s sandalwood all the way! Great for relieving anxiety and it relaxes me instantly. Maybe it’s lavender for you, or something else entirely. Whatever it is, introducing an aroma, either through burning incense, lighting a scented candle or using essential oils in a diffuser, can really help to bring a shift in how you feel. It will instantly help you associate your yoga time and space with self-care and nurturing.
  2. Plants
    They purify the air and what’s not to love about bringing the outdoors in?
  3. Music
    For me, music really helps to get me into my practice. You may prefer purely the sound of the breath. It’s your yoga. Your choice. If you’re interested though, you can find loads of inspiring sounds on Spotify to suit every yoga mood.

Yoga stuff:

You really don’t need much at all.

  1. A yoga mat is always good. It will stop you slipping, cushion your joints, and I promise it will quickly become your best friend and sacred space for practice.
  2. A block is a really useful addition to help support your body in the asanas (postures) and if you’re going to purchase any prop this is the one I would recommend you opt for, but it’s not essential. There are always alternatives you can find at home like a hardback book or two, for example.
  3. A strap can help to take your body into juicier places. But a dressing gown belt can work too.
  4. A bolster is lovely for relaxing and supporting the body in more restorative postures. But again, it’s not essential. Pillows will do the job just as well.
  5. A blanket is great for protecting the knees. And to envelope your body during that final blissful savasana. Ahhhhh……

There you have it. Everything you need to create a home yoga space you will love using. Now all that’s left is to roll out your mat and breathe.

See you on the mat online, as classes go virtual, from my home yoga space to yours. Book here to join me.

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